Cover Photo: Arthur weds Christine by Rossy Roots Events
If you’re a bride and groom to be planning to have their wedding later this year, then you should be ready to set things in motion towards achieving that dream. Here are 10 great tips that will help you to process this exciting experience in bite-sized chunks. Keep these in mind as you plan, and everything will run smoothly.
Start Planning Early
Having a clear plan before you start will help you keep on top of everything. Be sure that you don’t forget something important. Rough guest list numbers and the budget should always be your first two things. Don’t make decisions just because that’s the way everyone else does it, or because that’s what’s traditional. Have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
Set A Budget And Stick To It
Don’t spend a penny until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. It’s a common mistake to forget all the little extras too but, for the budget to work, you need to factor in every detail. Don’t forget to account for additional costs like dress alterations, gifts and beauty expenses or even transport for your potential guests from distant places. These can all add up.
Be Selective With The Guest List
In Uganda, having a small intimate wedding can be tough, but sorting the guest list early is important so you can then focus on finding the perfect venue that will cater for your chosen number of guests. Costs per head will most likely be your biggest expense, so don’t be guilt-tripped into inviting people you don’t want to come. It’s the biggest and hardest decision in the whole planning process, but it has to be yours and your fiancé’s decision only – not your parents, even though they might be paying.
Nonetheless, if you think it’s impossible to exclude people that your parents may want to invite, then give them a limited number of guests to invite that isn’t debatable. Or, engage them early enough to seek their views on the number of potential guests.
Choose the Important Details
A good way to become quickly overwhelmed when planning your wedding is to focus on the minutia details at the beginning of the planning process. Make sure you begin with the large aspects of your special day, then address the details as you go. Think of the planning process as a funnel: you should begin with the large side, then work your way down. If you filter everything through the broadest features first, you should have a much easier time with the smaller details.
Select Your Venue Before Making Any Other Decisions
It is best to select your venue before you plan anything else. By now you already know the number of guests you’re likely to have (at a range in number) which is very key to consider when choosing a venue. Sometimes, the venue will have certain rules or regulations that mandate certain services. For example, it would be a mess if you already hired a caterer, then discovered that your dream venue only allows you to use their in-house caterer.
Get The Menu Right
One of the biggest talking points at any wedding is the food. From the main course meal, cocktails to desserts – the more variety the better. Avoid skimping in this area because hungry guests are never a good thing.
Get A Wedding Gifts Registry
Now this is not common in our Uganda society, perhaps even new to many. But, as a couple, receiving gifts you don’t want can be a disappointment and to some extent a nightmare. You can come up with a gift registry and this takes away the guesswork for guests shopping for a wedding gift and ensures you receive the gifts you really want and need. Essentially, it’s a super easy process for both parties. However, this is simpler for couples having small intimate weddings (have fewer guests).
So many little items tend to appear on the wedding day you may not expect, such as broken zippers on dresses, missing centerpieces, not knowing where a vendor should be located at the venue, etc. Keep your cool at all times, and have a backup plan to your backup plan.
Take Time For You
Sometimes even wedding planners in the role of bride or groom need some rest on the day of their wedding. One great way to make sure you’re focused on you is to hire a coordinator who can simply pick up right where you left off in your amazing planning.
Don’t Forget What’s Important
Wedding planning can be stressful but if you find yourself getting too caught up in it all, take a step back and remind yourself what your wedding is really about. Think about the fact that you are marrying the love of your life.